While much of the world worries about what the increasing capabilities of facial recognition could mean for privacy, there's at least one group that can rest easy a little while longer – the Juggalos. The Insane Clown Posse fandom may be best known for its characteristic black-and-white face makeup, distinctive slang, and a love of the soda Faygo. But without trying, Juggalos also seem to have thwarted emerging surveillance systems. A computer security and privacy researcher shared the hilarious discovery on Twitter this week, revealing how the face paint can trick an AI into misreading the wearer's jawline, effectively obscuring their identity. A security researcher has found AI is unable to recognize people wearing the Juggalo face makeup worn by the Insane Clown Posse and fans.
New anti-surveillance clothing has the ability to hide its wearer from security cameras. The clothing uses ghostly coloured patterns of digitalised faces to trick facial recognition software. The patterns confuse facial recognition systems by overwhelming them with too many false'faces' to read at once. The'Hyperface' project prints ghostly patterns of eyes, noses and mouths onto clothing and textiles. The patterns modify: 'The things that appear next to you, around you, and that can also modify the computer vision confidence score,' creator Adam Harvey claims.
Amazon is drawing the ire of its shareholders after an investigation found that it has been marketing powerful facial recognition tools to police. Nearly 20 groups of Amazon shareholders delivered a signed letter to CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday, pressuring the company to stop selling the software to law enforcement. The tool, called'Rekognition', was first released in 2016, but has since been selling it on the cheap to several police departments around the country, with Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon and the city of Orlando, Florida among its customers. Shareholders, including the Social Equity Group and Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, join the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other privacy advocates in pointing out privacy violations and the dangers of mass surveillance. 'We are concerned the technology would be used to unfairly and disproportionately target and surveil people of color, immigrants, and civil society organizations,' the shareholders write.
Amazon has defended giving its Big Brother-style facial recognition tool to police following an outcry from civil rights groups. The response comes just hours after it emerged Amazon's facial recognition tool, dubbed'Rekognition', is being used by law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Florida. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warns Rekognition could be misused to identify and track innocent people in real-time. It claims the software guide for the AI'reads like a user manual for authoritarian surveillance'. But Amazon said'quality of life would be much worse' if technologies such as this were blocked because of fears they may be misused.
How would you feel being watched, tracked and identified by facial recognition cameras everywhere you go? Facial recognition cameras are now creeping onto the streets of Britain and the U.S., yet most people aren't even aware. As we walk around, our faces could be scanned and subjected to a digital police line up we don't even know about. There are over 6 million surveillance cameras in the U.K. – more per citizen than any other country in the world, except China. In the U.K., biometric photos are taken and stored of people whose faces match with criminals – even if the match is incorrect. As director of the U.K. civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, I have been investigating the U.K. police's "trials" of live facial recognition surveillance for several years.